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Must-Have Features for Your Custom Home in 2023

When looking for a custom Ponte Vedra FL home builder to bring your dream home to life, Glenn Layton Homes is the perfect choice. Our experience, dedication, and creativity have made us a go-to choice for custom homes for years and has helped our homes win multiple awards. We build in exclusive communities and on your own land, so if you’re starting to think about what you want in your own unique home, here are some ideas to consider.

On trend for this year – and always – is an eye-catching yet welcoming foyer. We often build two-story open foyers that make a big impact, but also make a wonderful space to welcome you home every day. They add to the light-filled rooms that are such a part of the local architecture.

Of course, not everyone uses the front door to enter every day. Whether you’ve been at the beach, walking the dog, the kids have been outside playing, or you are bringing in shopping from the garage, a well-appointed mud room is an important feature to include. It may not sound exciting, but it’s incredibly useful and, with some thought, can be incredibly stylish. Think about your needs for this space, and design accordingly, with things like built-in storage for each family member, and even small sinks for washing off dirt from shoes and more.

Increasingly popular is the first-floor primary suite. This design option is particularly useful if you’re building a home you plan to stay in through your retirement. The layout provides more comfort and accessibility as you age and don’t want to have to contend with stairs multiple times a day. Many of our homes focus on ground-floor living with the addition of a few bedrooms and lofts in a partial second floor, ensuring the primary living area – and the owner’s suite – is all within easy reach.

Because indoor/outdoor living is such a big feature in all of our homes, you should certainly consider making your outdoor space as functional and comfortable as the inside of your home. Thanks to Florida’s climate that allows you to spend most of the year outside, make sure your covered and uncovered decks and patios are designed and decorated to make the most of the space. Add ceiling fans on the covered patios for the warmer months, and include a fireplace for when the temperatures do drop.

Outdoor kitchens – not just a pizza oven or fancy grill – are a great way to really make the most of the outdoor area of your home. They make entertaining so much easier, because everything is on hand so you’re not missing out on anything. Even if it’s just for a family meal, or snacks for the kids and their friends, a fully functioning outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition to any of our homes.

These are just a few of the elements you’ll see more of this year in new homes, and which have often been a part of our homes for years. We always try to stay up to date with the latest in construction, layout, and certainly with smart home technology. If you’re looking for a custom Ponte Vedra FL home builder who can help you create a home that is ideal now and for years to come, contact us today. We look forward to working with you to create your own custom coastal dream home.

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